5 Google+ Features Facebook never offered

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Both Facebook and Google+ are going all out in their war over social networking supremacy. Although Facebook seems to be much farther ahead with its extremely high user-base, a slew of new features added by both sides could change the game. Here’s a head-to-head comparison between the two giants.

Video Chat

Facebook recently added its new Video Chat. Using the new one-on-one video chat, users can video-call each other directly from their profile pages (Use the “Call” button between the “Message” and “Poke” buttons). With Skype’s excellent infrastructure, the feature can be expected to be fairly efficient.

In reply, Google+ offers “Hangouts,” one of Google+’s most liked features. What Hangout has that Facebook’s Skype video calling doesn’t is Group-chat. Against Facebook’s one-to-one chat, Hangout offers you Video conferencing with as many as 10 people. This also allows users to leave Video messages. Facebook has no such feature. Add to that Hangout’s features that allow you to share your screen and it instantly turns into a potential collaboration platform.

Feeds (Against Streams)

Facebook provides users with News feed – posts from people that you regularly connect with and who generated the most conversations. You could turn on Most Recent Posts, but there is no way to turn this into a default setting.

Streams on the other hand, serve you with the ‘hottest’ posts. In this respect, they resemble the Breaking News format as against Facebook’s Most Relevant.

Notifications

While Facebook’s notification system is pretty solid and easy to use, Google uses its vast reach to make Google+’s notifications much more sleek.

While Facebook has separate tabs for Messages, Friend Requests and Activity, Google+ displays all such notifications under the same tab.

Google+ however, has gone a step further in adding the notification tab to its Top pane that is available across Gmail and Google Documents. So, if you wanted to post a portion of your document, or a photo you just received, you could do so without going to a different page.

documents

Photos

Facebook’s photo sharing is pretty sleek and efficient. Uploading and downloading the photos is easy. So is sharing and commenting on them.

Where Google+ is different is its editing capabilities. It allows users to apply basic editing to the uploaded photos like cropping, rotating and adding colors. Its photo viewer is more user-friendly with comments at the right pane, so could look at the photo and read comments at the same time.

image editing in google plus

Moreover, with the Google+ mobile app, you could upload photos on the go. Facebook has no such feature.

Google+ Circles (against Facebook’s Groups)

Google+’s circles is an innovative way to sort friends. It allows users to share their posts with only a specific group of people. In concept, this could be achieved in Facebook; however it is extremely tedious; you would have to group friends into different lists and then change privacy settings on all of them separately.

No one in a circle can see who else is in the circle. They also don’t know what you’ve names the circle, or how many other people are in it. This seems much closer to the way people organise their friends in real life.

With circles you could also follow someone without being accepted as their friend, something more similar to Twitter than Facebook.

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